Did you know that an un-spayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies, if none ever gets neutered or spayed, in three years can potentially produce 512 dogs?
This is why the Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) is very committed in providing sterilization clinics in high dog density areas as one way of controlling dog population.
In honouring this year’s World Spay Day, which happened on the 25th of February 2020, LSPCA put up a spay and neuter clinic in Lilongwe-Area 25 to offer free sterilization services for cats and dogs.
Spaying/neutering is a surgical procedure done on animals to remove female and male reproductive organs preventing these animals from having young ones.
During the spay day, pet owners came in large numbers to spay and neuter their cats and dogs not only because the service was free, but that they understood the need of having a manageable pet population in their community.
Joseph Ganizani-a dog owner from Area 25 - Lilongwe hailed LSPCA for the free spay clinic saying it has come at the right time considering the high number of dogs in his area. “We have so many homeless dogs roaming freely in our communities. We see them fiercely fighting each other for food in dumpsites every day. We don’t know if these dogs ever get vaccinated against rabies-this scares us”, Said Joseph.
World Spay Day highlights the benefits of spaying and neutering cats and dogs to prevent unwanted puppies and kittens at the same time controlling the population of stray and free roaming cats and dogs. Strays or free roaming cats and dogs pose a great risk of transmitting rabies as they don’t get the chance to be vaccinated.
World Spay Day and throughout the month of February- Spay/Neuter awareness month- veterinary and animal welfare professionals, concerned individuals join forces to put a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the streets.